Video Webcast: Angela Hewitt's Bach Master Class in The Greene Space

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On Wednesday, March 12, the pianist Angela Hewitt gave a Bach master class to students from the Third Street Music School Settlement. Jeff Spurgeon hosted the event in The Greene Space.

Born in Canada and based in London for the past three decades, Hewitt is widely regarded as one of today's leading Bach interpreters. She has recorded all the major clavier music of Bach on piano, and has also released albums of Granados, Messiaen, Schumann, Ravel and Debussy among others.

The Third Street Music Settlement is a Lower East Side institution that started in 1894 to provide musical instruction for youngsters of immigrant and poor families. Located on E. 11th Street, it provides classes in music and dance for people of all ages as well as an annual concert series.

Watch the archived video of the event below


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Comments [5]

Silversalty from Brooklyn

Listening to Ms. Hewitt sing and hum while playing and then emphasizing the gong like tolling base notes characteristic of many of Bach's pieces reminded me of Glenn Gould, who was probably watching and laughing.

Great program.

On a loosely related note Jeremy Denk, on his recent CD of Bach's Goldberg variations, includes a DVD giving his personal analysis of the pieces. A definite added plus to a superb new addition to the Goldberg interpretations.

I remember a video of Isaac Stern, on tour in China, having a student stop playing and sing a particular piece. The student was at first confused by the request, but then after singing, the understanding was there to bring out the musical quality of a piece and not just the string of notes.

Mar. 14 2014 08:10 PM
Carter from Connecticut

Thank you for broadcasting the Angela Hewitt master class—it was a wonderful treat.


Mar. 14 2014 05:34 PM
Joseph from Manhattan

Jeff Spurgeon is one of the best hosts ever. Angela Hewitt is fantastic.

Mar. 12 2014 11:50 PM

Thank you, WQXR, for broadcasting this online! I live in a rural area that doesn't see many things like this, so I appreciate the experience. And I learned a few things!

Mar. 12 2014 06:39 PM
The Truth from LES

Will she be wearing the blue dress today?

Mar. 12 2014 07:02 AM

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